The Antarctic

The Discovery expedition (1901-1904) is a landmark in British exploration history, launching the Antarctic careers of Ernest Shackleton, Edward Wilson and expedition leader Robert Falcon Scott. 

Under a joint committee of the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society, the Discovery expedition set out to complete scientific and geographical research in the Antarctic.

Its scientific results were investigated at the Natural History Museum and published in 50 reports, covering extensive ground in biology, zoology, geology, meteorology and magnetism. 

After Scott died in the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913), his wife Kathleen Scott  bequeathed the scientific collections made on the trip to the Museum. Original manuscript material, including field notebooks and beautiful sketches by Edward Wilson from both voyages are held in the Library and Archives.

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Find out more about the Terra Nova expedition